Welcome to Fifth Grade

Good day! I would like to introduce myself to you. I am Sr. Merced Gumban, O.P., 5th grade homeroom teacher. My teaching experience as a whole covers many years. My experiences are varied since I had taught in different levels, ranging from elementary, middle school and high school level. I taught at St. Charles School in San Francisco for 11 years. I also taught in Hawaii for 12 years, in the Philippines for 3 years, and now in Holy Angels, I am on my 6th year of teaching.


My philosophy as a teacher are the following: I believe that parents and teachers play an important role in the development of a child’s education. I believe that being a good role model is the most powerful way to affect a child’s learning.I believe that working together between home and school

can make a difference in your child.


I look forward to an exciting experience with a curriculum that enhances classroom learning of your child. I believe this will be a rewarding, exciting, enjoyable & challenging year of distance learning & actual face to face in the classroom.


This school year, we are looking forward to exciting experiences in the curriculum that enhances classroom learning of your children. Your child will be involved in learning activities that develop good spiritual values, critical thinking, cooperative learning skills, and individual accountability.


Fifth graders are well on their way toward advancement educationally, socially and spiritually. As the students mature throughout the year, my goals will be to help each child to work toward becoming a responsible individual who is able to continue in the development of self- discipline and the setting of personal goals. Then, I will use multiple intelligences to cater to the different learning styles of the students and to make learning fun and interesting.

School Work

The students will be held accountable for their schoolwork as well as for their behavior. Since the major academic focus of our school is to provide an opportunity for each student to achieve his/her educational potential, I will help to ensure each child reach each highest potential.


Homework is very important in the educational process of every learner. It is given for many reasons such as to develop responsibility, to strengthen skills, to promote good study habits, and to give practice or drill for mastering skills.

Discipline Plan is very important in the classroom. It is a key to successful classroom management. It protects students’ rights, it encourages positive behavior, and makes learning effective. It also helps ensure the right of the teacher to teach efficiently. 


The Curriculum that I will be teaching your child is:

Textbook - Faith First Series by RCL for Christian living.  It has 5 Units. 1. We Believe 1. We Worship 3. We Live 4. We Pray %. We Celebrate

Language Arts 

     Consists of: 

English – The students will be learning more on “Grammar and Composition”. The English materials meet the needs of all types of learners. They offer the most language  and writing opportunities for all students; abilities and interests.

Writing- The materials that are used are: Step Up to Writing and the Writer Express Series. They help our students to improve their ability to write, (following the “Writing Process”) to think (creatively, logically and clearly), and to learn (in the classroom, in small groups independently)

Reading- The Houghton Mifflin Series integrates all the language arts by focusing on literature, fiction and nonfiction reading, writing, and poetry.

Vocabulary- Vocabulary Workshop is used to broaden students’ vocabulary and will help them become better communicators.

Spelling- It builds students’ spelling power, link spelling to word meaning, connect spelling to underlying purpose for learning it, and develops students ability to write.

Handwriting- is based on Scripture Verses. It teaches students to write the correct formation of letters and the message of the Scripture verses that are presented to be copied correctly.

Social Studies- The students will learn about U. S. History from Native American Cultures to the Civil war. 

Math- Common Core Curriculum and California Standards will be used this year. Mastery and fluency are the focus. Mrs. Laura Nordman is the teacher.

Computer- the teacher is Mrs. Fuerte.

Safe and Caring School 

This schoolwide program promotes students; learning and well being by targeting skills in self- awareness, and responsible decision-making. Basic to the program is the use of activities that give students creative opportunities to advance their learning ability, self-understanding of others in ways that will result in a productive and rewarding relationship. 

It’s my joy to welcome my 5th graders and their parents to my class. I’m looking forward to an exciting year as we share ideas, talents and interests. Let’s work together to make this year a successful one.